Pope to Shimon Peres: Protect the sanctity of the Holy Places and its pilgrims (Video) These sick children had asked to see the Pope, and so they welcomed him at the entrance to the home of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Pope Francis greeted each one of them May 26, 2014NULL Rome ReportsFrancis To view the video click here. – Subscribe to the ZENIT Daily Email Newsletter Receive the latest stories in your inbox each day! SUBSCRIBE! Thank you for subscribing to ZENIT!